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CAROL

Rated R. 118 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 46.

CON­CUS­SION

Af­ter the re­cent suc­cess of Spot­light, here is an­other movie about peo­ple who are fight­ing for truth and jus­tice. In this case, in­stead of the Catholic Church, the he­roes are go­ing up against an­other pow­er­ful institution: the NFL. Will Smith plays Ben­net Omalu, a pathol­o­gist who dis­cov­ers the ex­tent of the brain dam­age suf­fered by foot­ball play­ers who re­ceive mul­ti­ple con­cus­sions, and tries to spread the word. Luke Wil­son plays his op­po­nent, NFL com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell. Rated PG-13. 123 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

DADDY’S HOME

Will Fer­rell ef­fec­tively played the mil­que­toast to Mark Wahlberg’s tough guy in the 2010 buddy-cop romp The Other

Guys, and now they bring the same dy­namic to a fam­ily com­edy. Fer­rell plays a mild-man­nered ex­ec­u­tive who is try­ing to be the best fa­ther to his stepchil­dren that he can, un­til one day the real dad (Wahlberg) comes roar­ing in on his mo­tor­cy­cle and makes him look like a to­tal square. Linda Cardellini plays the mom who is caught be­tween them. Rated PG-13. 96 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

THE DAN­ISH GIRL

Rated R. 120 min­utes. In French, Ger­man, and English, with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal DeVar­gas. See re­view, Page 48.

THE HATE­FUL EIGHT

Quentin Tarantino fi­nally de­liv­ers us the Western that he’s promised for years, and it in­volves a hodge­podge of strangers who find them­selves stuck in a Wy­oming cabin dur­ing a bliz­zard. Bounty hunter (Kurt Rus­sell) is de­liv­er­ing a woman (Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh) to be hanged. Chan­ning Ta­tum, Sa­muel L. Jackson, and Tim Roth co-star. Spaghetti Western mae­stro En­nio Mor­ri­cone pro­vides the score. Rated R. 168 min­utes. Opens Wed­nes­day, Dec. 30. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Not re­viewed)

JOY

Di­rec­tor David O. Rus­sell reteams with ac­tress Jen­nifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, the stars of his cel­e­brated films Sil­ver Lin­ing

Play­book and Amer­i­can Hustle. This time he casts Lawrence as Joy Mangano, the real-life ma­tri­arch of a gen­er­a­tion-span­ning busi­ness that be­gan when she in­vented the Mir­a­cle Mop. Robert De Niro, Diane Ladd, and Vir­ginia Mad­sen also star. Rated PG-13. 124 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Dream­Catcher; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

MY FRIEND VIC­TO­RIA

Not rated. 95 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. See re­view, Page 40.

JAMES WHITE

Rated R. 85 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 49.

POINT BREAK

The 1991 thriller Point Break, which starred Pa­trick Swayze as a surf­ing bank rob­ber and Keanu Reeves as an un­der­cover FBI agent try­ing to catch him, was a big hit that en­joys a cult fol­low­ing to this day. It’s hard to imag­ine that the film’s fans ever wanted a re­make, yet here one is, with Édgar Ramírez in the Swayze role and Luke Bracey play­ing Reeves’ part. Rated PG-13. 113 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal DeVar­gas; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

YOUTH

Not rated. 118 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. See re­view, Page 42.

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